Parent Update – March 21, 2012
SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE
Spring break is next week. Spring break week begins on Monday, March 26th and ends on Friday, March 30th. School will resume on Monday, April 2nd.
Please note that there will not be a District blog post next week. Regular weekly blog posts will resume on Wednesday, April 4th.
Have a safe and enjoyable break!
MCGRAIN STEPS DOWN AS BULLDOG WRESTLING COACH; VETERAN COACH RESIGNS AFTER 27 YEARS AS HEAD COACH
High School Head Coach Bill McGrain has resigned from his head wrestling coaching position after twenty-seven years. Wanting to spend more time with family and take a step back from the program as head coach, McGrain stated it is time for another person to begin a new era in Bulldog wrestling.
“I feel very blessed, fortunate, and proud to have served as the Head Wrestling Coach at Olmsted Falls High School for 27 years,” said Coach McGrain. “I am in good health and I still love the sport, but felt for many reasons it was time to step aside.”
“The support I have had from my wife Tracey has enabled me to be a head coach for 30 years,” McGrain added. Mrs. Tracey McGrain was selected as National Head Coaches Wife of the Year in 1996. “This position also allowed me to coach my two sons here at Olmsted Falls, Zach and Chaz.”
In reflecting on his tenure at Olmsted Falls, McGrain said, “I have enjoyed the challenge of trying to make Olmsted Falls wrestling one of the top programs in the State.”
“I have had many great assistant coaches, families, and administrators to work with throughout the years,” he added. “I have also had many hard-working athletes here, many who have gone on to become very productive adults, which of course makes me extremely proud.”
Bill McGrain Career Notables:
- Head Wrestling Coach at Olmsted Falls High School from 1986-2012
- Inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006
- Selected as Ohio Wrestling Division II Coach of the Year in 1997
- Career Dual Meet Record 335-58-3
- Coached 7 Individual State Champions
- 1 of only 3 Coaches in Ohio History to Coach a State Champion in all 3 Divisions.
- 12 Top 10 State Finishes
- 45 State Place Winners
- 76 Individual State Qualifiers
- 13 SWC Championship Teams, Voted SWC Coach of the Year 14 Times
- Three time Greater Cleveland Coach of the Year
- Plain Dealer Coach of the Year
Another notable accomplishment during Coach McGrain’s tenure was having the pleasure of coaching the only two-time state champion in school history, Ryan Smith.
McGrain hopes to remain involved in the program in some capacity. “The future is bright for the Olmsted Falls wrestling program,” he said. “There are many accomplished athletes returning next year and I hope to find a way to be a continuing part of their success.”
McGrain added, “Thanks to the many of you who have supported me and Olmsted Falls wrestling throughout the years. Olmsted Falls is a special place and it will always be a big part of me.”
“Coach McGrain has truly personified the Bulldog tradition of excellence during his exceptional career here in Olmsted Falls,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “He has long been held in high regard by players, parents, colleagues, and members of the greater Olmsted community.”
“I want to personally thank Bill for all that he has done for our student athletes and the wrestling program,” added Dr. Hoadley. “Throughout his coaching career Bill has impacted hundreds of young men in such a positive way and his influence will be felt long into the future.”
Olmsted Falls High School Principal Dr. Bob Hill stated, “Bill had a tremendously successful coaching career at Olmsted Falls High School. For the past 27 years, his knowledge and passion for wrestling have contributed to his many successes and the successes of his athletes. Bill helped mold successful athletes through an unwavering work ethic and by surrounding himself with quality coaches, many of whom wrestled for him at OFHS. Sending athletes to the state competition 24 of his 27 years as head coach defines the success he infused into our wrestling program. We will miss Bill and we certainly wish him well.”
Bill McGrain currently teaches Occupational Work Adjustment at Olmsted Falls High School, and will continue to teach at OFHS in that capacity moving forward.
FALLS-LENOX 1ST GRADE CONCERTS TOMORROW NIGHT!
Performances at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
6:15 p.m. Concert: Mrs. Schiely, Mrs. Kostraba, Mrs. Burk, Mrs. Deluca, Mrs. Mariotti and Mrs. Patay.
7:15 p.m. Concert: Mrs. Vasco, Miss Sanfilippo, Mrs. Rivera, Dr. Kolozvary and Mr. Simon.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE” TALENT SHOW THIS FRIDAY!
OFHS BASKETBALL PLAYERS ACKNOWLEDGED FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Fourteen juniors and seniors from the OFHS Varsity Basketball Boys & Girls Teams have been awarded special recognition for their academic success off the court by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association (OHSBCA).
OHSBCA acknowledges juniors and seniors within its basketball programs who do well academically. They award seniors with Gold Certificates for keeping a 3.2 GPA over 7 semesters; and they award juniors with Silver Certificates for keeping a 3.2 for 5 Semesters.
The following OFHS seniors have been awarded Gold Certificates:
Varsity Boys – Jared Kurz and Eric Meehan
Varsity Girls – Amber Black and Katie Parfejewiec
The following OFHS juniors have been awarded Silver Certificates:
Varsity Boys – Billy Calabrase, Brandon Friedrich, Kenny Hanna and Steve Johnson
Varsity Girls – Allison Duber, Jaime Fossen, Allison Gerycz, Erin Hoadley, Jessica Koch and Abby Nichols
Congratulations again to these outstanding student athletes! Kudos also to our coaches for consistently stressing the importance of doing well in the classroom and making sure students place a priority on keeping their grades up. Go Bulldogs!
3rd GRADE LITERACY NIGHT WELL ATTENDED!
Falls-Lenox third graders and their families enjoyed last week’s Literacy Night, which was filled with fun and engaging activities for all. Thank you to all who attended and helped with the event.
To view the entire gallery of photos from this special Bulldog family event, please click HERE.
KIWANIS CLUB DONATES BOOKS AND BALLS TO FALLS-LENOX
Thank you to the Kiwanis who made a donation of books and balls to Falls-Lenox Primary School last week! The continuous thoughtfulness and generosity of our local Kiwanis Club is most sincerely appreciated by students and staff!
HELPING HANDS MEETING
SAVE THE DATE! Tuesday, April 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the High School, Room W5 (art room, use west side gym entrance). Student group (grades 6-12) & Parent group (parent(s) of OFCS student(s) in any grade).
Contact Mariel Krakowiak for additional information or questions: 440-427-6086, email@example.com.
ALL-U-CAN EAT WINGS, PIZZA & DRINKS TO SUPPORT THE 2011 STATE CHAMPIONS – FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH
A fundraiser to support travel for the Olmsted Falls Academic Team (OFAT) will be held at Razzles on Friday, April 13, 8-10 p.m. We’ll also have an auction with great items from OF companies, sideboards, and more! Families welcome! Kids under 6 FREE. $20 tickets available from OFAT members, coaches, or at door. Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org; 440-234-7964.
Thanks for supporting academics—the key to the future. Did you know our academic team does more than appear on the Academic Challenge TV show? They actually compete most weekends from mid-October through May all over the state and in West Virginia. They’ve already qualified one team to compete at the National Tournament in Atlanta! They need our help to offset travel expenses.
Check out the new Olmsted Falls Academic Boosters Club Facebook page! Post congrats to your student for his/her academic accomplishments. Like us!
SAVE THE DATE! 3rd ANNUAL BALLROOM BLITZ – SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH
Join us on Saturday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of music and dancing as the Olmsted Falls High School BlueDog Jazz Band and Golden Expressions Vocal Jazz Ensemble present their third annual compilation of classic and contemporary hits. The event includes desserts , dancing, soft drinks, door prizes, basket raffles, and a Grand Raffle for a new IPAD! All proceeds go to the promotion and enhancement of the music experience for Olmsted Falls music students district-wide.
Tickets are $10 per person; purchase 8 tickets to reserve a table in your name. For tickets or more information, contact Don Woods email@example.com 440-915-1241 or Michelle Neudeck firstname.lastname@example.org 440-596-1802. Click HERE for the flyer.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK
Please click here for this week’s Stars of the Week.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2012 CLEVELAND NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR
The 2012 Cleveland National College Fair will be held on April 22, 2012 at the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and will close at 4:00 p.m. Over 190 admission representatives will be in attendance from colleges across the nation. Students are encouraged to pre-register for the fair at the following website: www.gotomyncf.com
You can download a poster of the college fair with a listing of colleges that will be in attendance by clicking HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Tracy: email@example.com or Donna Pugh Blevins: Donna.PughBlevins@ndcl.org
OFHS SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION CONTINUES
Classes fill up fast!
For additional information and to download enrollment forms, please click here.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:
Annual Career Fair Sponsored by Polaris Career Center in collaboration with Cuyahoga County – Wednesday, March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This annual event typically attracts 100 employers and more than 1,200 job seekers. Polaris is currently seeking participation from both employers and job seekers. For additional information, please click here. For job seeker registration, please click here. For employer registration, please click here.
TICKETS ON SALE….Olmsted Performing Arts Youth Stage: There will be a performance of Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids on Friday, April 20th at 7 pm and on Saturday, April 21st at 2 pm and at 7 pm. The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in this exciting Disney classic! Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wanna Be Like You.” Performances will be in the 1,200 seat auditorium at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls. Advance tickets are available through noon on April 19th at www.olmstedperformingarts.com and are $13 for Orchestra A, $11 for Orchesta B, and $9 for Reserved Seating. Add $2/ticket at the door. Lap sitting children ages 3 and under are free. Plus, join us for a fun-filled, live animal show with renowned animal entertainer Jungle Terry, plus craft and a snack, at our special preshow event 90 minutes before each performance. Preshow tickets are $15 each.
TICKETS ON SALE….Olmsted Performing Arts Dine with Royalty: Join Olmsted Performing Arts at our royal paradise at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls for dinner (6:00 pm on May 11th, 18th, & 19th – $25/person) or breakfast (10:30 am on May 12th & 19th – $20/person). Your experience includes breakfast (French toast, scrambled eggs, and sausage) or dinner (chicken parmigiana, pasta, salad, and dinner rolls), a 30-45 minute floor show, photo opportunities, and a chance to meet Ariel, Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Pochahontas, and the OPA Disney Dancers. Enjoy Premium VIP seating and a private dining area for an additional $5 per ticket. Advance tickets only. Children under age 2 are free if they share a plate with an adult. Purchase tickets at www.olmstedperformingarts.com or in person at our box office at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls. This event will sell out. Details are available at http://www.olmstedperformingarts.com/youthTheater.php.
SAVE THE DATE! RELAY FOR LIFE 2012 – June 9TH – 10TH AT OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Welcome back to another great season of Relay For Life! This year promises to be bigger than ever! We have had such a great turn out in the past, that we have been honored to host a huge research study (CPS3) on site at this year’s event, and again our teams are developing for the big day! Please consider joining us on our 24 hour journey; come for the fun activities, the great entertainment, the moving ceremonies, the fireworks, the mission, and the camaraderie! If you are interested in volunteering or forming a team, visit our website for more information. If you are interested in learning more about the on-site “Cancer Prevention Study (CS3), see the “Cancer Prevention Study 3 in Olmsted Falls” link on our website or e-mail Cps3inolmstedfalls@gmail.com. Be a part of the “Best Birthday Party Ever…Across the Nation” and make a difference in our own community! To read the latest issue of the Olmsted Relay for Life newsletter including a list of local contacts, please click here.